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41  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt Challenge #1 - Gryffindor Lion Inspired 9 1/2" Quilted Wallhanging on: January 17, 2007 04:00:58 PM
9 1/2" square, quilted wall hanging inspired by Harry Potter's Gryffindor Lion.

This is an original paper pieced pattern designed by me.  100% cotton fabric & batting.  Fabric sleeve on the back for hanging.  The pattern is available here

I hope you like it!  This is one of my favorite patterns that I've designed and I love all the different gold fabrics I was able to find in my stash for the lion.

42  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Simple Snape Dammit Doll on: January 17, 2007 03:37:18 PM
I've been feeling a bit... erm, craftipated, and decided on a simple & fun project that might help me get back on the crafty track.

I've seen Snape as a dammit doll before and decided to do one of my own.  I've left him with a, shall we say "blank" expression?   (Read: I suck at faces.)

One of my friends has suggested Voldie, Umbridge & the Malfoys as possible future candidates to be dammit dolled.  Now I need a Snaperific poem to go along with him.


For the pattern, I drew out the shape I wanted then cut the hands, feet & head away from the body, cut those out of muslin and the body out of black adding seam allowance to all the pieces.  I then attached hands, feet & head, then sewed front to back.  I stuffed it & stitched up the hole I'd left for stuffing.  For the hair... I wrapped black yarn around a 6" ruler, then stitched it down the middle, hand-stitched it to his head then gave it a trim so to achieve those "greasy black curtains" of hair.

I had some issues with the corners (under the arms, neck, etc).  I think it was more the fabric than the pattern.  The black fabric was a little too loosely woven, so the stitching was pulling out.  I think if I used a tighter fabric, I wouldn't have the same problems.

I'm may make some shoes and a cloak for him, but I haven't decided yet.  I kind of like him just the way he is.   Grin
43  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Anakin Skywalker - The Chosen One on: November 01, 2006 10:58:41 AM
I had a horrible time deciding which costume to post!  My daughter was Rogue (X3 this year and I dressed as Tonks (from Harry Potter).  In the end, I think this costume stretched my creativity the most and came out just as good as I hoped it woodl.  I've borrowed the rest of this post from my original Anakin costume post.  Halloween was fantastic and my son got tons of compliments!

For Halloween this year, my 8 year old decided he really wanted to be Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars Episode 1, in his podracing gear.

Photos & a short description follows!
 Grin
He's not grumpy or upset in the pictures, he's just trying to look serious!  Wink







The helmet started with an old bike helmet & 2 wood disks I picked up from a craft store.  After cleaning the helmet, I glued the disks on and then filled in the space between helmet & disks with wood filler.  There were some holes on top of the helmet.  I taped the underside of those and filled them in as well.  I glued miscellaneous nuts & hardware pieces to each of the disks as well as on top.  I primed the whole thing with gray primer.  Using the picture as a guide, I sprayed a couple of blobs of maroon paint.  Then I used a sponge brush and brushed on silver paint.  Once that was all dry, I applied black paint with a sponge brush and then immediately wiped it off.  That gives it the the patina.

For the costume...  I used a bunch of miscellaneous muslin I had collected over the years, much of it given to me by friends.  The pants were from an old p.j. pattern.  The tunic was made by cutting a rectangle long enough to go over his shoulders and down to his knees and then slitting it up to the center and cutting a curved out neck piece.  I then added sleeves, which were just rectangles long and wide enough to cover his arms.  I stitches the entire side seam at once.  I used a wide binding on the front opening and then hemmed the tunic.  The belt was a long rectangle.  The arm & leg covers were pieces of fabric long & wide enough to cover his forearms & calves and close with velcro.  I used scraps of muslin which I folded and sewed back & forth to give it a wrapped appearance.  The spatz were custom made for his shoes in the same manner. There is a piece of elastic across the sole and a velcro opening in the back.  The brown belt was purchased from a thrift store.

The entire costume cost less than $10 to make.

I hope you like it!
44  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Rogue X3 Costume - Completed on: October 20, 2006 03:19:10 PM
My 11 year old daughter as Rogue from X3, "Danger Room" scene.

http://www.sewhooked.org/img/gallery/costumes/2006g.jpg
http://www.sewhooked.org/img/gallery/costumes/2006b.jpg

Pattern adapted from a Green Pepper wetsuit pattern.  Made with faux leather and lycra.  Green & black X buttons on collar.  Corset adapted from this cool corset calculator/pattern creator.  Green X painted on the Corset.  Gloves from a party store.

See also my son's Anakin costume!

Love Halloween!
45  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Anakin Skywalker - Episode 1 - Completed Costume for H'ween 2006 on: October 17, 2006 07:10:47 PM
For Halloween this year, my 8 year old decided he really wanted to be Anakin Skywalker in his podracing gear.

Photos & a short description follows!

He's not grumpy or upset in the pictures, he's just trying to look serious!  Wink

http://www.sewhooked.org/img/gallery/costumes/2006a.jpg

http://www.sewhooked.org/img/gallery/costumes/2006f.jpg

http://www.sewhooked.org/img/gallery/costumes/2006c.jpg


The helmet started with an old bike helmet & 2 wood disks I picked up from a craft store.  After cleaning the helmet, I glued the disks on and then filled in the space between helmet & disks with wood filler.  There were some holes on top of the helmet.  I taped the underside of those and filled them in as well.  I glued miscellaneous nuts & hardware pieces to each of the disks as well as on top.  I primed the whole thing with gray primer.  Using the picture as a guide, I sprayed a couple of blobs of maroon paint.  Then I used a sponge brush and brushed on silver paint.  Once that was all dry, I applied black paint with a sponge brush and then immediately wiped it off.  That gives it the the patina.

For the costume...  I used a bunch of miscellaneous muslin I had collected over the years, much of it given to me by friends.  The pants were from an old p.j. pattern.  The tunic was made by cutting a rectangle long enough to go over his shoulders and down to his knees and then slitting it up to the center and cutting a curved out neck piece.  I then added sleeves, which were just rectangles long and wide enough to cover his arms.  I stitches the entire side seam at once.  I used a wide binding on the front opening and then hemmed the tunic.  The belt was a long rectangle.  The arm & leg covers were pieces of fabric long & wide enough to cover his forearms & calves and close with velcro.  I used scraps of muslin which I folded and sewed back & forth to give it a wrapped appearance.  The spatz were custom made for his shoes in the same manner. There is a piece of elastic across the sole and a velcro opening in the back.  The brown belt was purchased from a thrift store.

The entire costume cost less than $10 to make!

I hope you like it!
46  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Conspiracy Theorist Costume Suggestions? on: September 30, 2006 08:04:13 AM
The hubby wants to be a Conspiracy Theorist for Halloween (not entirely ironically).  He's definitely having a foil hat.  We're trying to come up with other visuals for CT, but not having a lot of luck, as most theories are more ideas than props.

Hmmm... maybe we should have a marathon re-watch of The X-Files.

Any suggestions would be awesome!
47  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Harry Potter Themed Quilted Gryffindor Messenger Bag on: August 26, 2006 07:05:38 PM
EDIT:  On re-reading the rules, I realized one bag per entry, so I've edited out the other HP themed bags.  Just for fun, you can see my other bags (HP messenger and non) here:  http://photos.yahoo.com/ofenjen under "Bag Lady"

Love, love, love messenger bags!  This is my own design, as is the Harry Potter inspired squares on the front!  Happy looking.  Cheesy

Gryffindor Messenger Bag


Thanks for looking and enjoy all the other super cool bags listed in the challenge!  Grin


EDIT:  THE PATTERN IS HERE
48  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Teeny Goblet of Fire Quilt - Original Design on: August 04, 2006 08:29:32 AM
Being Harry Potter obsessed, it seemed only natural that I use one of my own patterns for this challenge!  So here it is, my own paper pieced Goblet of Fire pattern 1.5"x1.5" complete with backing.  The pattern has 36 individual pieces and the pattern is broken into 5 segments Yikes!

The Goblet of Fire is a roughly hewn cup filled with dancing blue flames that turn orange when about to return a Tri-wizard entrant's name.


The Pattern


Sewing one of the center segments.  Man that's small!


Individual segments ready to be pieced


The block is pieced!  Photo from the back!


Finished block next to the original 5" version
(pattern available at Fandom In Stitches )



The finished block, front & center!  All 1.5" of it!


Hope you like it!
Jennifer
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New T-Shirt Recons w/ pouch pocket on: July 09, 2006 05:15:39 PM
I love the Gen T book, but have been trying to branch out a bit.  I like finished edges and have been experimenting with different techniques.  

Shirt #1
http://www.sewhooked.org/img/shirt_circus.jpg
Reconstructed from an old circus shirt that had color damage around the neck.  You can still see some of the discoloration, but I think the recon, er, camouflages it well!  It came out so well, my daughter wanted one, too.   I used one of my favorite tank tops as a template, then cut this shirt about 1" bigger all around.  I bound the neck, arms & bottom like a quilt.  The pocket is a variation of the cargo pocket from Ginger's Wild Things (http://www.wildginger.com/products/wildthings.htm).



Shirt#2
http://www.sewhooked.org/img/jenshirt2.jpg
An old sleep shirt.   I did the neck the same way.  It stretched a bit more, but was mostly okay after I washed it.  Because of the stretching, I just hemmed the sleeves and then did a lettuce edge on the bottom.

Shirt #3 - Elena's shirt
http://www.sewhooked.org/img/elenashirt.jpg
This was also a sleep shirt, a hand-me-down my daughter received from her aunt.  She picked the fabric.  I was a little skeptical, but it looks great. I used knit fabric on all three shirts.

Shirt #4 - Thrift store find reconstructed
http://www.sewhooked.org/img/skirtyflirty.jpg
This was a HUGE t-shirt I found at a thrift store.  I had the bandanna and the fabric scraps.  The red fabric has black paw prints on it.  The "skirt" is split on one side to keep it from being impossible to put on.

Shirt #4 Before & After
http://www.sewhooked.org/img/atari_before.jpg
http://www.sewhooked.org/img/shirt_atari_after.jpg
My husband bought this shirt years ago.  It's always been too small for him, but it was a tent on me.  It was too cool to get rid of, so it's been mouldering in my closet all this time.  I turned it from Tee-Shirt into She-Shirt.  This is my favorite recon.  It's subtle enough for me to wear anytime.  I've already pulled all those tees I don't wear out of my closet too get the She-Shirt Treatment!

Hope you like!

50  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gryffindor ipod cozies are multiplying like Tribbles! on: July 09, 2006 10:16:49 AM
I've been madly crocheting ipod cozies to get one that will be just right for a friend.  These are all random, "I'm working without a pattern" designs.  The three asymmetrical ones start in the corner with a ch. 3 then increase until the width is correct (in this case, 30G size), then begin degcreasing on the bottom until the length is correct and then decrease across the top & bottom or leave as is for asymmetrical.  I'm inspired by the fringies and think I might make just one more (hey, I still have yarn!) that is more scarf-like with stripes going across.
http://www.sewhooked.org/img/ipodcozies.jpg

The small, asymmetrical Nano cozy on the right is what started all this.    I've really enjoyed these, I think I might have to make a couple in all the house colors.  My ipod could certainly use a Ravenclaw cozy...

Hope you like them!
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